Don’t be an ugly parent
I am impressed with Mark Dickel’s take on how parents should behave when engaging with their children’s sport.
“I love watching you play.”
This is what I now say to my kids after every game I watch them play.
I do not critique their play or discuss the game with them. Or talk with them about who played well or how many points they scored. Only “I love watching you play”.
When I was taking my boy to Aussie Hoops - a basketball skills program for little kids starting out - there were already parents “coaching” from the sidelines.
Just let kids have fun.